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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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LOCATION
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Reviewed yesterday

We were greeted by a very nice young lady on entering the restaurant. Our waiters were great, attentive but not overbearingly so. The decor inside was muted and tastefully done. Food was fantastic and we felt very reasonably priced given the quality and presentation. Would...More

1  Thank UKGIRL13
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true Southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. In a city known for its food, we are thrilled that our restaurant made such an impression....More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The menu looked spectacular, so many good choices we decided to do the tasting menu instead. As an aside, unlike most restaurants with tasting menus, they don’t require that everyone at the table do the tasting menu. Each dish was well prepared, and the portion...More

1  Thank btiffany
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for sharing your Circa 1886 experience with us. The chefs tasting menu is a great way to explore Chef Collins’ cuisine; we are happy to read that each dish was perfectly executed. It is certainly a great way to enjoy a wide variety...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Disappointing is generous. Had the Prix Fix . Soup was cold and served with out a spoon. Antelope was tough and nearly inedible. Wine pairings were warm and of low caliber. $130.00 per person with the wine pairing. Absolutely not worth your money or time....More

Thank Camper817339
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

We are very sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations or our high standards. We wish that these issues were brought to the attention of our manager. It is our policy to correct any issues or to replace any item for our guests...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

I loved my dining experience here. The seating was in an area that had once been stables, the sides of which made cozy booths for diners. The decor is beautifully calming, with red roses on the tables and fabulous jazz piped through at just the...More

1  Thank Liz G
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for spending an evening with us at Circa 1886! Your compliments to our cozy atmosphere and beautiful decor. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed them. In a city known for its food,...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tasting menu - loved the triggerfish, tomato soup and the opening salad. I’m afraid I found the antelope rather bland. Service was excellent, ambience good, if a little dark. Had a drink at the bar before dinner - first time I’ve seen beer from a...More

Thank BlueNeal
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886 and provide feedback on the excellent service and the overall atmosphere of our restaurant. We are pleased to read your compliments about the triggerfish, tomato soup and the opening salad. We are very sorry that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All in all this restaurant is very good and well worth a visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Caitlin our waitress definitely helped make our night - she was attentive, kind and very accommodating as we had with us our 17 month old daughter who...More

1  Thank phildim
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886. I am proud to read your notes about our passionate staff. They never tire of helping our guest. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed them,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 2nd visit and we loved it! Because the artichoke appetizer was too small to share, my wife had that and I had the Smoked Salmon. For the main course, my wife had the Filet Mignon and I had the Antelope. For dessert...More

1  Thank TomR233
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for spending an evening with us at Circa 1886! We are thrilled that your experience held up to its expectations. It is an honor to stand out as the top restaurant for service and food presentation. We will be sure to pass your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was restaurant week in Charleston so we made reservations weeks in advance at the place we thought had the most interesting menu. As my new husband and I walked to the restaurant we quickly realized that we were completely out of place (thank god...More

1  Thank wonkika
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the amazing review of Circa 1886. I am glad to hear you were able to join us during Restaurant Week. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true Southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. Chef Collins strives to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't help but make the time to travel here to enjoy some superb food, wonderful drinks, and fantastic service. It has never disappointed me. I love the mansion atmosphere!More

1  Thank DOC_SGM
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience at Circa 1886. Thank you for your kind remarks to our staff and overall atmosphere. Your impression of our restaurant is exactly what we hope every one of our guests takes with them when they leave. We are hnored...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and drinks were excellent. The staff was extremely professional. The mansion grounds were beautiful. Great place for a fine dining experience in Charleston.More

1  Thank Durmite
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us at Circa 1886. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed them. We...More

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Paradise46117
20 September 2018|
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Response from planningpro | Reviewed this property |
not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
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abbigailruiz1
27 April 2017|
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Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
17:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
    (Smith)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-853-7828
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Description
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection of local seafood, to Pastry Chef Lovorn’s incredible desserts, each dinner at Circa 1886 celebrates the region we call home. Let our professional, attentive, experienced and knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu and help select a wine that is a perfect pairing for food and budget.
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